Saturday, 30 January 2016

Liebster Award




So I was given the honour again to be nominated for a Liebster Award, thanks kindly to Crystal (check her blog out cos she writes awesome reviews!) :)

This is what you have to do:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 11 blogs you think deserve the award
  • Give them 11 questions of your own
My turn to answer the questions, here we go....

1. Which book inspires you?
 
Every book inspires me, but if I have to choose then I would choose Me Before you by Jojo Moyes and the Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan. Both of these books have still that profound effect on me, I don't think it will ever go away but I would not have it any other way. These authors are so amazing, their writing is another experience altogether.  

2. What book have you thrown (or felt like throwing) against a wall because of the ending?

I never read books like that, but I have only come across one so far it was Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. I didn't like how the plot was turning out so I did not finish it but I wanted to throw it at the wall or out of the window if it was paperback or hardcover

3. Do you have an author whose books you have all in possession just because they're his/hers?


No I can't say that I do, I like to give my fav authors new book a chance if I like the synopsis or based on the cover.

4. Who's your favourite book couple/relationship?

Oh gosh, this is so unfair. I have so many, how can I choose one? All the guys I fall in love with automatically become my book boyfriends and I have a long list, so I can't choose one.

5. Do you ever skip a few pages if a book bores you and then continue reading?



I attempt to but then I feel bad so I just skim it but I do read it in the end or atleast tell myself that I do.

6. What is your worst imagination of destroying a book (by accident)?


Tearing the pages, damaging the book in anyway whatsoever. Any little scratches,every breath. They are like my babies, if anyone hurts them I will hurt them in return http://milkysmile.blogspot.co.uk/lol

7. Do you dislike a popular book that everybody else seems to love?



I am not sure if I should even mention the book, I may accidentally commit a crime in the bookish world unknowingly but I don't see the hype about the Harry Potter series. Maybe cos I have never actually read the books or saw any of the movies. But then again, I don't have any friends who like it either so I didn't have much exposure to it when it was a 'big thing'.

8. What kind of bookish bad habits do you have?


Do you want the whole list?

9. Who do you consider your favourite author?


Again, I have so many; Rebecca Donovan, Jojo Moyes, Kiera Cass, Amy Butler, Laura Clark, Amy Engel, Debra Doxer, Katherine Owen, Sherry Thomas, Sara Raasch, Sophie Kinsella, Lucy Robinson, Michelle Zink, Alyson Noel, Wendy Higgins the list is endless
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10. Series or Stand Alone?


Both. I can't choose.

11. Who's your favourite book heroe/heroine?


Again, another unfair question. I have so many http://milkysmile.blogspot.co.uk/ 


Gosh reviewing my answers to these questions makes me seem as eccentric and insane, I assure you that I am not that crazy. Who am I kidding, every crazy person says they are not insane right? Okay I will shut up now, lol 

So now comes the time to nominate my fellow bloggers. So I am supposed to choose 11, but I think I will choose 5:
  • Crystal
  • Izzy
  • Floryie
  • Frishawn
  • Courtney     
So my questions to you:

1. Is there anything that puts you off reading a book? 
2. Do you prefer books with one POV? Or more than one?
3. Is there any genres that you have not tried? If so, why?
4. Have you ever read a book that has either inspired or touched you on a personal level?
5. How do you feel about authors who deserve recognition but don't get it?
6. What is your most favourite thing about a book? And least favourite?
7. What kind of books do you prefer? (romance, humor, action, erotica, mystery)
8. How does a book or author catch your attention?
9. Do you ever read reviews of a book and then make your judgement on whether to read it or not?   
10.  Have you ever learned something new from a book?
11. Outdoor or indoor reading? 
   
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    Late Night Rambles..

    You know those moments when someone tells you you can't do something? 

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    Yeah those, I hate those moments. I personally never understand the gratification or pleasure someone takes in bringing someone down, like why would someone do that? Why can't you show faith and confidence in someone who tells you their dreams or ambition? Why is that such a hard concept for someone to digest? Each individual is capable of anything they want to achieve, their strengths, flaws, imperfections, personality, attitude, belief makes that person unique and special, and I strongly believe every single person on the planet is perfect the way they are and they can achieve anything they want to. ANYTHING! I really dislike the way people treat one another, especially how they treat females like they are some kind of underdogs? What pleasure can someone possible take in undermining a woman's capability? Like why?  I really hate it when people do that especially when I tell them I want a career in a male dominated industry. They are just like 'yeah good luck with that' or 'nice try'  I am just like whaaatttt???

    Why do people like the feeling of 'superiority' and make others feel inferior? I hate it when people do this, I especially hate it when I let them to do this to me, its like I give them permission to say whatever they want about me and it is okay for them to do that. No one ever gets the consent or has the right to make another person feel inferior. I hate the self doubt that creeps in to my mind and I think think think and over think about it even when the person has gone. How is that okay? I spend the rest of the day in a gloom, not wanting to do anything since my mood is spoilt by that one conversation yet the other person carries on like nothing ever happened? How can people act so insensitive towards one another? We as humans are naturally built to be kind, considerate and compassionate towards each other, it is innate. Yet there are such people who have the audacity to tell other people what they can and can't do, like woaaahhh there mate, who made you the boss? I wish people would stop judging and let people do whatever it is they want, be whoever they want to be and let them decide whatever it is they want. Freedom of choice yet certain people forget that....I need to make a firm resolve to not let people like that get to me, I don't like it when I waste time due to one person who has no meaning in my life whatsoever and discourages me to leave my ambitions, dreams and goals behind.

    I try to inspire myself with reading someone's journey of how they overcome a certain obstacle. I really admire people like Robert Downey Jr who turned his life around and now is one of the top paid actors. Or like Emma Watson who fights for Equal Rights and inspires so many people around the world like me.

    Thursday, 28 January 2016

    Shaman's Lure


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    Title: Shaman's Lure 
    Author:
    Published: 31st March  2015
    My Rating: 3/5
    Recommend: Yes/No
    Synopsis:
     
    Vancouver’s mayor is found brutally slain in Stanley Park. His family missing.

    With no clues to either, an enigmatic old native, claiming to be a shaman, shows up swearing he knows the answers. Plays tag-your-it and disappears without a trace.

    After a night of drunkenness a reporter wakes up in a part of town he’s never visited and begins investigating why he's having strange nightmares of a life not his. Which begs him to question the validity of the urban myth, when you get drunk enough you don't remember anything you did? Could it be possible there's a place where spirits might take over to have a little fun on their own?


    I received this book free in an exchange for an honest review 

    When I first began reading this book I was not immediately hooked to be honest, even though from the synopsis it did sound intriguing to me at first. The beginning is quite strange if you ask me, it starts with Carol's POV then switches to another character's a few times, now reading another character's POV isn't so bad if you know what's going on. When the perspective changes you don't actually realise cos it has no subtitles, all it has are asterisk symbols (*) it takes no Einstein to guess that its a change in scene. So the Mayor and his wife are murdered and the question is who did it and why? Why are the two bodies that are found at a distant from each other? And where is the missing child? These are questions that Dectective Carol Ainsworth tries to solve, but this specific case is a mystery since nothing makes sense (see what I did there with mystery? No okay, I will carry on then).

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    Dan, or Big Dan as they refer to in the book is kind of like the 'chief' or 'manager' in the book, atleast I think he is who oversees the cases in the Police department. Big Dan is depicted as someone who is hardcore, aggressive, macho and has no time for bullshit, but like Carol he also has a certain sensitivity towards seeing the bodies in such horrendous situations and positions,

    "Other than the long, coiffed blonde hair one couldn’t much make out the fact the body was female. Her head had been stove in, crushed beyond recognition"

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    Can you imagine these replusive images? I can, it had a few graphic scenes likes this where I just had to take moment and pause. I have no idea how the author had the guts to write scenes like this, I for one cannot take them. Your also introduced to Charlie, a Shaman who talks nuts and I mean literally he is mentally unstable or atleast what he says makes the other person think like that

    " She laughed. “You really are a totally off-the-wall nut, unlike anybody I’ve
    ever met.”
    “Nuts, hey. Never cared for walnuts. I prefer peanuts or pistachios. Although,
    come to think of it, I do like a chew of pecans on occasion.”


    Lol you would think he is nuts right? I definitely thought he had a screw loose or something.

    And the next contestant is... Ben. I can't decide if he is the odd one or Larry. Why you might ask? Well Ben is shown to have nightmares about some freakish accident but its unknown if it is him or someone else and why is he having them? Well that is what Ben and I would like to know, and why can't he remember what happened with his date with Brandi? Ben is shown to be a journalist who has a date with Brandi and can't remember what happened after he went to the bathroom, all he knows is that he woke up in his car drunk in some area he rarely goes to.
    Comes in Larry, who is a dead spirit that possesses people's body to take revenge on Riley? Now why would he do that? Funny thing is he can only do that when the other person is in a drunken state; makes it easier since they are not in control of themselves. Larry wants to take revenge on Riley for ruining his life and killing him. Riley is the bad boy in the story who gets what he wants and likes to be in control. Also, he has a secret so shhh......

    This is where it really gets interesting, the Lure who is a witch and wants to come in to the real and take revenge on those who trapped her inside the rock. She has a very strange way of taking the life force out of her victims. Personally I was repulsed by it.

    I thought this story was okay but it didn't really hit it off for me at the beginning, it started to get interesting through a 1/4 of the book but by then I was losing interest in it. I think the story could have been really good if the focus of the plot was more clearer, I felt like there were too many sub plots before everything tied together which was way towards at the end of the book. 


     What are your comments about these type of books? Would you guys ever read something like this? Let me know your thoughts in the comment below!

    Until next time, happy reading!

    Saturday, 23 January 2016

    Movie Review: Spectre




    Movie Details:
    Title: Spectre 
    Release Date: 26th October 2015
    Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Noamie Harris, Ben Whishaw
    Rating: 3.5/5

    Please Note: I went to go watch a James Bond movie, whilst I am not a James Bond fan I did enjoy the movie alot ( I did not have much of a choice, my friend literally kept nagging me to go and watch it until I agreed, don't we all have one of those friends?)


    I didn't really understand the concept of the movie though since it was linked to other movies like Skyfall (which I have not seen), but the main theme of the movie had to do with this organisation called the 'spectre' which James Bond tries to solve since it is linked to his childhood. I loved how James could like literally get out of  any situation possible, how does he even do that? Léa Seydoux plays the perfect 'Bond' girl in this movie, she was gorgeous in this movie! One thing that surprised me was how quickly Bond gets every girl his sets his eyes on, even though in the initial meeting they always use the dialogue 'you can never have me' and play hard to get.

    Can I just take a moment to have a fan girl moment of Daniel Craig!! Ohmygosh! I might just die of dreaming how handsome and hot he looked in the movie, he is gorgeous anyways but in the movie Ohmyword!! *sighs*

    The music is definitely a hit or miss for me, personally the Writing on the Wall is a great song but it wasn't just my type but I can see it being a  winner, I'm confident this song will win some awards and Sam Smith is a fantastic writer. Although I am still yet to hear Adele's song for Skyfall which I have heard many good things about and I think she even won a award for it? The background tunes were something I definitely loved, in particular ..(I am not really sure which ones they played in the background to emphasise on the suspense, action etc)

    The acting was definitely a bonus, Daniel Craig seems to do with it such ease it really puts my acting capabilities to shame (not that I had much to begin with). I never thought after watching some scenes of Pierce Brosnan playing Bond anyone else could come to his legendary acting but I was proved wrong. 

    The stunts and action sequence in this movie are not greatly played in comparison to other action iconic films such as Mission Impossible or the Fast and Furious franchise. Just like other action films, this had it all; the girls, the fast cars (although Bond films are known to use the Aston Martin cars) and risky stunts. 

    The tone and the pace of the movie was suspenseful and surprising, I would say the same with plot. It was very fast paced, scenes changing from one to another. The plot was very intricate, because I could not keep up with the storyline but that might be due to my own fault than the films since I had not seen any of the previous Bond films. 

    I want to watch the next James Bond if there is ever made one! :)

    Saturday, 16 January 2016

    West Haven #1

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    Title: Chasing Freedom
    Author:
    Published: 15th June 2014
    My Rating: 4/5
    Recommend: Yes
    Synopsis:

    Chase Finn is being hunted, and if he ever stops running he’s going to end up dead.

    It doesn’t matter that he’s only seventeen. It doesn’t matter that just a few weeks ago he was a normal teenager. All that matters is that he is a threat, and the Agents tracking him will stop at nothing to see him neutralised.

    With the line between friends and enemies blurring, Chase discovers he is just a pawn in the middle of a war that’s lasted for centuries, but he isn’t going to let himself be used any longer.

    Soon both sides of the war are going to learn that the most important thing about Chase Finn isn’t that he’s a werewolf, it’s that he’ll sacrifice everything, even his own freedom, for the people he loves


    I received this book in an exhange for an honest review, thanks to Sarah from J&S Author Services

    This book was really really really fascinating! I did not expect for me to love this book very much but I could not help myself and I fell in love with Chase's character!

    This begins with Chase running for his life and is saved. He then wakes up in a unknown place surrounded by strangers. Pause...want more? Well let's just say this story was really captivating and an eye opener in some ways. Chase at the beginning has a hard time fitting in and just like a every new character you read in a book who arrives wants to just get back to their comfort zone and old life. But something compels him to stay, so unknowingly he stays every time he intends to go back home.

    My two favourite characters would have to be Mal and Vic. Victoria is the kind of person you just want to hug and tell her everything will be okay, she is depicted as a fragile character but she has immense strength when she fights with all her heart. Mal is the opposite, he is another vampire (I am reading too many vampire books, I am obsessed! Oh well!) who is shown to have a tough exterior except for Kat who he seems to have a soft spot for. He is portrayed as a very tough person but with a heart of gold when you get to know him. I must admit, the way he schemes is very manipulating indeed!

    This story was a pleasure to read, I love how the story turned out, it kept me wanting more. I cannot wait for the next book, well I assume there will be another book! 

    (chase looks so hot on the cover!!!!!)  

    Echoes of Eternity #1

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    Title: Nightwish
    Author: Sydney Bristow
    Published: 9th August 2015
    My Rating: 3/5
    Recommend: Yes
    Synopsis:

    Serena Sykes just discovered that the mother, identical twin sister, and niece she never knew existed…are the last remaining witches on the planet. That is, except for Serena, who recently received her own limited, albeit wildly erratic supernatural abilities.

    But her newfound family isn’t interested in helping her master those gifts. After all, Serena’s mother has been communicating beyond the veil with the first witch in their line, a sorceress named Zephora who hopes to return to this dimension and destroy an ancient curse that would unleash paranormal creatures across the globe.

    To help guide her in this new landscape, Serena turns to her grandmother, an elderly woman suffering from dementia and the only vampire in existence, a man who has his own mysterious agenda. With less than 48 hours to prevent her family from triggering a supernatural wasteland, Serena must learn to control her abilities…if she hopes to save the world!


    I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

    It's been a while since I have done review, no wonder I felt as if a part of me was missing! :(

    There is only one word I would use to describe this book, mysterious. I am not sure if the author intended for the book to be depicted that way but that is how I see this book. Serena is a very grounded character who finds out one day that she is witch, however compared to her sister; her power and capabilities are very limited. What I like most about this book was how power is not represented just with magic but other in forms too such as the perseverance of someone or their strength (Serene definitely had those two).

    The Grandma in this book was definitely a strong, intelligent character who loved her Granddaughter very much and protected her till the very last breath. I love how the bond between these two are so strong even after the Grandma passes away (sad times), she really taught Serena with strong values.

    I personally loved Darius, maybe cos I love vampires? Not sure, but I loved the edginess he brought to the story which made it even more interesting. I cannot say the same about Alexis who is very malicious and spiteful to her sister. I mean come on, how is it Serena's fault that they were separated? Does she really need to be that mean? I don't think so! (same with their mother). Celestina is my fav in the entire book, I love how her nature and personality is preserved and not tainted by her mother or Grandma!
     

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